Tag Archives: children’s fiction

Well-structured dialogue

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Dialogue is a powerful tool in the development of character, conflict, humour, drama, tension, suspense and pace. But dialogue must be handled skilfully in order to accomplish any of its objectives. Without a proper understanding … Continue reading

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What makes J K Rowling’s Harry Potter so successful?

Copyright © 2013 Jerry Dunne We’ll look at Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the series, which set the pace and standard for the others to follow. Certainly the book’s success partly reflects readers’ love of … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s the Hobbit shows what is meant by original genre fiction.

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Derivative fiction is fiction that in content and style reads very similar to other such types of stories. Nothing about it really sticks out. An original story will have something that makes it different, even … Continue reading

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Where do you get your ideas for your stories?

Copyright © 2012 Jerry Dunne Like so many storytellers this is a question I’ve been asked a lot. And it’s a question I don’t generally take seriously because ideas come easily and often from so little that I never think … Continue reading

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Sparking up character in the short story

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne It’s difficult enough to bring character to life in a novel, but a short story offers an even trickier challenge. Many writers need time to build their character and give it energy. They can’t just … Continue reading

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Who decides what makes a great children’s story?

Copyright © 2011 Jerry Dunne Ultimately, it is the child reader and not the adult who decides what makes a great children’s story. This makes logical sense because without children you could not have a children’s story and without a … Continue reading

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